Thursday, 1 May 2014

Meet Agatha!


Pattern: Agatha Cardigan from Andi Satterlund.

Yarn: I used the recommended Cascade Yarn Cascade 220 in gold yellow. Although yellow is not my favorite color I wanted a cardigan in a happy vibrant colorway to go with all the blue fabrics (and soon to be garments) in my stash.



Knitting: For my detailed knitting notes you can check out my Ravelry notes. All in all the cardigan knits easier than I thought and I was especially worried about all the purl stitches that show on the right side. My tension is not really even yet and you usually see this on the purl side. However, it was no problem for this cardigan. I suppose that is because you are knit1 and purl3 stitches.

You can see here that it is a bit loose at the waist.


I knitted the body in no time, but the sleeves took me a while. It was especially annoying that I had to knit one sleeve twice! I knitted the first sleeve in size M and realised that it was too big - at this point the sleeve reached already to my underarm. So I frogged it up to the sleeve shaping and decreased until I got size S. Much better.



But as you can imagine, my motivation was really low at this point and I just kept going because I wanted to take this cardigan with me to Kiev. I was also running low in yarn and thus I finished the neckline and button band before finishing the sleeves. These sleeves are the longest I ever knit because you turn the ribbing, you knit them like 10 cm longer than your arms actually are.



Embellishment: I ordered some beautiful dark wood buttons for the cardigan, but because they didn't arrive in time I used some buttons from my stash. And actually I think they go perfect with the color and style of the cardigan.

I even put my label in :)
Do I like it? I love the cardigan. And I practically lived in it during my holidays in Kiev. The color does not only go nicely with my blue clothes, but also with my pink Lady Skater dress :)



Will I make it again? At some point yes! The only thing I would change then is the size of the waist ribbing. I knitted the bust in size S and the waist in size M to accommodate my bigger waist. But I think now, the waist turned out a bit to loose and I would have preferred it a bit tighter. This might also be because of my sway back. I was thinking about unpicking the bind-off at the waist, but can't find the beginning.



However, I washed the cardigan already a second time and I have the feeling it is a bit tighter now. It is not supposed to shrink at cold wash (I have a wool program in my washing machine), so I don't know what happened. But it is wool, so it will widen again.


15 comments:

  1. It looks fab - the colour really suits you :)
    Very pretty pattern, I like all of Andi's cardigan patterns, so difficult to pick which one to do first (once I have finished my current project, or else my ufo's will get out of control again!)

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    1. Thanks Lucy! I can totally understand your love for Andi's pattern - I just casted on Hetty! And there are so many more I want to knit. I hope you are soon done with your project so that you can start on Agatha!

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  2. This is sooo pretty! This cardigan pattern is on my to-knit list, too, but I doubt that I will have the time and patience to actually start this project. Yours looks absolutely amazing!

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    1. Thanks Charlie. You are knitting tiny cardigans already, so I am sure you will soon knit adult ones as well :)

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  3. Very nicely done! I love yellow - it's such a happy color!

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    1. Thank you Gail. I actually start to love the color more and more.

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  4. It looks fab on you, I love the yellow! It's yet another pattern that's going on my wish list.....! 😄

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    1. Thanks Sabs. I am glad I am inspiring you :)

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  5. It looks lovely! The colour is really nice, and you're right - it looks great with your Lady Skater!

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I think this cardigan will get loads of wear because there are actually a few more items in my wardrobe that go with it. A pleasant surprise :)

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  6. This is gorgeous! I love the colour, it really suits you. The waist looks perfect, so don't worry about it! I should take my own advice though, because I am very good at critising things on my own makes! I really want to start a cardigan, but I want to finish a shawl first.

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    1. Thank you Lynne and you are so right about not criticizing our own makes. I actually had three people telling me not to be to picky about my own makes after they read this post. What's the point anyway. My lame reply: So other people don't do the same mistake?! I am looking forward to see your scarf soon.

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  7. Great job! While yellow may not be your favorite color, you certainly wear it well!

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  8. It's a beautiful cardigan! And the colour looks really lovely on you!

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